Ken Stacey | I Will Still Be Me

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I Will Still Be Me

by Ken Stacey

A Soulful, poignant Americana rock album with British and Latin influences and a Pop awareness. Includes, \"Only Love\", one of the Top 20 songs chosen in the 2008 American Idol Songwriter Competition.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. So Damn Beautiful
4:19 album only
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2. Only Love
3:50 album only
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3. She Is
3:51 album only
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4. I Will Still Be Me
5:47 album only
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5. Innocent Poison
5:53 album only
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6. Rain
4:28 album only
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7. Enemy Within
4:50 album only
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8. Shine
3:50 album only
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9. The Long Road
4:00 album only
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10. Necessity
4:32 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Singer/Songwriter, Ken Stacey, set to release his highly anticipated solo CD, I Will Still Be Me, on July 31st, 2008 has yet another reason to celebrate. American Idol chose his song Only Love as one of the Top 20 songs for its 2008 Songwriter’s Contest. Having beaten out literally thousands of other contenders for a place among the Top 20 best songs, Ken cherishes the accomplishment and is enthusiastic in the hope that Only Love’s success will draw greater attention to his soon to be release full length CD.

Ken Stacey, certainly no newcomer to the American music scene, has achieved a long and impressive list of professional accomplishments. Notably, he earned both Gold and Platinum Records for his vocal contribution to Sir Elton John’s “One Night Only” Greatest Hits Live. He has also toured with Elton John as a background singer and acoustic guitarist. Additionally, Ken’s work includes national and international appearances with Progressive Rock’s super group Ambrosia, as lead singer, replacing David Pack.

Original in his musical style, Ken resonates moving vocals and is known for his soulful, poignant Americana Rock, garnished with an occasional sprinkling of British and Latin influences, combined with a musically savvy awareness of Contemporary Pop. It is this innate ability to render uniquely intriguing vocals that have made Ken a sought-after and successful backing singer for legendary musical vocalists, including Neil Young, Bette Midler, Julio Iglesias, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Collins and the late Luther Vandross, among many others. Ken’s influences are equally diverse ranging from the Beatles, U2, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois and Donnie Hathaway.

As a writer, Ken Stacey has placed many original songs in film and television ranging from Oprah Winfrey to TNT’s Secret Agent Club and many daytime television shows. Most recently, Ken has shifted towards writing for placement with other artists. This has lead to co-writing with some of the top songwriters in the business. As a matter of fact, “Only Love” was co-penned with Exies guitarist David Walsh and top LA session vocalist Windy Wagner, (Ken’s beautiful Wife). Ken, like any successful songwriter and vocalist, acknowledges that it is genuinely the music fans that determine whether any song is a hit or a miss. “If a song doesn’t speak to the very heart of the listener, then it has fallen short of it’s purpose.”, says Stacey.

Ken Stacey’s CD, I Will Still Be Me, features contributions from Davey Johnstone, Bob Birch and Guy Babylon and John Mahon, all members of the Elton John band, David Walsh, former guitarist of The Exies, Greg Leisz from the kd lang band and Bruce Watson, top session guitarist (Sarah Bareilles).

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Scott Gross

A GREAT DEBUT!
After touring the world with Sir Elton John as a background vocalist as well as making a mark as a 'go to session singer' appearing on many other artists albums, Ken has finally released a collection of beautifully crafted songs of his own that clearly show the depth of his talent as a writer, producer, musician & singer.

The album has a contemporary mid-tempo pop sound... A Beatles influence can be heard in the mix along with some Sting & Seal for good measure, but make no mistake about it -- This is smooth, guitar based pop that has been put together with great attention to detail.

Ken's voice has such a clean pure tone that soars on stand out compositions like "Innocent Poison", "So Damn Beautiful" & "Shine". The closest description would be if George Michael had a younger brother... The song "Only Love" was chosen as a top twenty entry in American Idol's songwriting competition this year out of tens of thousands submitted. All of the songs have been assembled with such great care that the listener can hear new elements in the production with repeated listens.

The production is lush but not overdone... The ingredients have been measured to bring a perfect mix. Other players lending their talents to this fantastic project are Graham Ward, Nick Vincent, Matt Laug (Venice, Alanis Morrisette, etc.) & Herman Matthews (Kenny Loggins, etc.) on drums, Elton John sideman Davy Johnstone, Bruce Watson & David Walsh on guitars, Joe Iaquinto, Bob Birch & Lance Morrison (Michael McDonald, etc.) on bass and Arlan Schierbaum, Guy Babylon, Alex "Ace" Baker & Windy Wagner on various keys/piano & Windy also on chamberlin flute. Add Dave Wilson and Stephanie Fife on strings/string arrangements & cello with Ken holding down additional acoustic guitar, bass and hammond B3 duties and it can clearly be heard that this was truly a labor of love for all involved.

For lovers of sophisticated, well-constructed and beautifully melodic pop music, this album is a must.
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